Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has ordered the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) to submit a report within 48 hours regarding the recent question paper leak during the Assistant Engineer recruitment exam for various departments. The governor has also directed the TSPSC to suggest measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future.
According to IANS, the Hyderabad Police has handed over the question paper leak case to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Central Crime Station. The nine people arrested in connection with the leak were produced before a Hyderabad court, which sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.
TSPSC Chairman Janardhana Reddy has said that they will take legal advice on whether to cancel the exam or not. Reddy further said that the commission was betrayed by people it had trusted, and the five TSPSC employees involved in the case would be dismissed from service. The Speaker clarified that one of the accused, TSPSC employee P. Praveen Kumar, appeared in the Group-I preliminary examination but did not score the highest marks as alleged.
Janardhana Reddy appealed to the people not to believe in the rumors being spread on social media. He clarified that none of his children appear in the Group-I examination conducted by the Commission. He was replying to allegations that the Group-I exam paper was also leaked to help his children who had appeared for the exam.
The commission had lodged a complaint with the police after officials found that someone had hacked into the computer system where the question papers were kept. The accused allegedly copied folders containing question papers of various examinations from the computer in the confidential section.
TSPSC has already postponed the recruitment exam for Town Planning Building Overseer, which was scheduled for March 12, and Veterinary Assistant Surgeon exam, which was scheduled for March 15 and 16.
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